Scaled Cost Rates

If you are using AbtracOnLine reports for KPI’s it’s possible to balance the reporting of employees working overtime by looking at scaled cost rates.

Scaled cost rates spread an employee cost across their actual hours worked, as opposed to cost rates which work with the required hours for the period.

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The following reports in Abtrac include an option for scaled cost rates:

  • Invoice Listing
  • Invoices vs Time and Disbursements by Project
  • Fees & Cost by Employee, Client & Project

Scaled Cost Rates are a modified version of the cost rate. They effectively scale back the cost rate across an excessive number of hours to those specified in an employees required units per timesheet.

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Tips for using multiple Offices

From System Management in Abtrac your business details can include information for multiple branches/offices.

These Offices or Branches can also be applied to each employee, job or project and carried through to invoicing and analysis.
You can then run reports by office – comparing performance and profitability between branches and managing workflow.

It’s also useful when you have one tax entity but different physical addresses, and different invoicing and accounting requirements between locations.

There’s also an option to limit access for Abtrac users by office, enabling them to only view and edit offices to which they have been assigned.

When using multiple offices in Abtrac there are a few things to bear in mind.
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Managing access by Employee office

It’s possible to limit access for Abtrac users by office, enabling them to only view and edit offices to which they have been assigned.

We recommend that if you are interested in using this feature that you satisfy yourself that all relevant data in Abtrac has an office assigned.

If you’ve been using multiple offices for some time this shouldn’t be an issue, but if you are new to multiple offices or otherwise wary of data inaccuracies then the Abtrac support team are available for consulting and if required to run scripts against your data to ensure accuracy and a smooth transition.

The process is slightly difference for each version of Abtrac.

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Bulk Edit Timesheets

This screen is useful when you need to update timesheet details in bulk, it eliminates the need to open and edit individual users timesheets .

This timesheets maintenance screen is most typically used in the following situations:

  • Updating Employee rates
  • Editing Stage/Task or Activities that have been incorrectly assigned
  • Changing the job code an employee is assigning time to
  • To check if/when timesheets have been billed and
  • To check which invoice the WIP has been assigned
  • To obtain data not available in performance reports for specific employees, in particular to view timesheet data for employees who are no longer current.

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Teams or Departments, Which should I use?

In Abtrac both Employees, and Projects can be assigned to a specific Team or Department for reporting purposes. The main difference is…

  • A Team is assigned to an Office, and as such can be filtered in reports by office.
  • A Department is a stand-alone group that both employees and projects from multiple offices can belong to.

Both groups can be created and maintained from the Administration screens.

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Setting Up Employees: Part 1 Employee Details

Employee records are stored in the System Management module under System Management > Administrator > Employees.

Here you can store information only accessible to Administrators, including contact details, charge and cost rates. This is also where you assign a timesheet hierarchy and other employee settings. Once you’ve entered Employee Details you’ll then need to set up user rights and log in details from the Edit Users screen.

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